Christopher L. HartleyChristopher L. Hartley

Phone: 414-383-3004
Fax: 414-255-3572


My entire legal career has been based upon the pursuit of justice for clients accused of criminal wrongdoing. I never assume that a client is guilty and I do not pass judgment on a client for any mistakes that he or she may have made. I also never concede my client's guilt in court until such time as we have thoroughly exhausted all other avenues of resolution and I am convinced that concession of guilt is in my client's best interest.

Often, the difference between being determined guilty or innocent is the advice and fortitude of a qualified criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to stand alongside the client and challenge the government's cause of action every step of the way.


  • Homicide
  • Reckless Injury
  • Assault & Battery
  • Burglary
  • Delivery of Controlled Substances


  • Drake University School of Law J.D., with honors, 1996
  • University of Iowa B.A., 1993


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Wisconsin Army National Guard Officers Association
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate Officer Corps


Chris graduated with honors from the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. He practiced criminal defense in Iowa for one year prior to opening his own criminal defense practice in Milwaukee in 1997, and in 2010 Chris and Mark formed Hartley Pecora Law Offices.

Chris received his military commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1993 and has been serving as an Officer of the United States military since that time. He is currently a Major with the Wisconsin Army National Guard where he is serving as the Senior Defense Counsel for the 505th Trial Defense Detachment. Chris deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chris has tried over 50 jury trials and has secured acquittals on such charges as First Degree Attempted Homicide, First Degree Reckless Injury, Substantial Battery, Battery to Law Enforcement Officer, Sexual Assault, Burglary, and Delivery of Controlled Substances. Chris has also been successful in obtaining dismissals in dozens of cases as a result of successful suppression motions and motions to dismiss for lack of evidence.



Mark A. PecoraMark A. Pecora

Phone: 414-383-3004
Fax: 414-255-3572


At Hartley Pecora Law Offices, we have extensive experience in criminal defense cases and we know what it takes to reach a positive result in your case. If we cannot obtain a favorable resolution during negotiations then we will win your case at trial. My office is prepared to step in and protect your interests regardless of where your case is in the legal process. From initial investigation to sentencing, we will do everything in our power to bring your case to a favorable resolution that you can live with. You're the client and we fight for you.

Everyone makes mistakes. We fight to mitigate the consequences of those mistakes. When you hire our firm we put ourselves in your shoes and fight for you. Our passion is to defend those accused of crimes and to ensure fair and respectful treatment of our clients. Let us put our passion to work for you. Call for a no obligation consultation now. We can be reached 24 hours a day. 414-383-3004.


Upon completing his education, Mark opened his own law practice under the tutelage of prominent personal injury and divorce attorney Blaise DiPronio. Mark also worked closely with the civil litigation firm of Pierski and Gray, LLP, where he developed his passion for litigation and focused his practice on criminal and family law litigation.

Mark currently focuses his practice in the area of criminal and family law litigation, and represents individuals charged with a broad range of serious criminal offenses. He has an acquittal rate well over the state average and has obtained outright acquittals in 6 of his last 7 jury trials. In addition, he has achieved dismissals resulting from the suppression of crucial state evidence.

Mark is passionately committed to working with at-risk youth and has performed student lectures about the consequences when poor decisions are made at a young age. Also, he has participated in guest lectures at Marquette University and Marian College, is an active supporter of at-risk youth programs and has been published in GPSolo Magazine.

He has the honor of being placed in Law and Politics Magazine (Super Lawyers) list of exceptional rising star attorneys in 2010 and 2011.


  • Firearm related offenses including firearm possession by felon
  • OWI defense, including felony OWI/DUI
  • Vehicular assault, vehicular manslaughter
  • Drug crimes
  • Drug possession, including drug paraphernalia
  • Drug sales and manufacturing
  • Violent crimes
  • Sexual assault
  • Assault
  • Murder
  • Domestic violence, including child abuse and temporary protection orders
  • Weapons charges and armed robbery
  • Property crimes
  • Fraud and theft charges
  • Burglary, trespass
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Bad checks
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Prostitution, including pandering and solicitation
  • Defense of crimes that impact immigration status
  • Criminal record sealing
  • Outstanding warrants


  • Marquette University Law School, 2000
  • University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, 1996


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Italian American Bar Association
  • NRA - National Rifle Association Certified Firearm Instructor
  • State Of Utah Certified Conceal Carry Permit Firearm Instructor
  • State of Wisconsin Certified Concealed Carry Permit Instructor


Christina BalistreriChristina Balistreri

Phone: 414-383-3004
Fax: 414-255-3572


As an associate attorney at Hartley & Pecora, Attorney Christina Balistreri represents clients in family law and criminal defense matters. Attorney Balistreri also serves as a guardian ad litem in family court cases. Attorney Balistreri attended the University of Wisconsin Law School where she completed the certificate programs in Criminal Law and Family Law. While in Law School, Attorney Balistreri served as the Academic Chair for the Latino Law Students Association; a Contracts Study Group Leader; and as the Publicity Chair for the UW Student Chapter of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Attorney Balistreri also received distinction for her Pro Bono work with immigration detainees at the Dodge County Detention Facility and with the Unemployment Appeals Clinic.

Attorney Balistreri is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for her clients in every case. She understands that the legal process is a difficult and emotional time so she strives to make the circumstances easier for all of her clients. Attorney Balistreri works tirelessly to achieve her clients’ goals while maintaining open communication and providing them with realistic expectations.


  • Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Post-Judgment Disputes
  • Child Custody and Placement
  • Child Support
  • Guardian Ad Litem Appointments
  • Domestic violence and harassment injunctions
  • Domestic Abuse cases, including Battery and Disorderly Conduct
  • Drug possession/delivery
  • OWI/DUI defense
  • Carry Concealed Weapon and other Firearms Offenses
  • Probation Revocation proceedings


  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2012
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association
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